FIFA to review fair play tiebreaker but unlikely to change

FIFA to review fair play tiebreaker but unlikely to change

The rule, in use for the first time at the World Cup, caused a stir when the last games in Group H were being played simultaneously and it became obvious it would be needed as a tiebreaker between two teams finishing equal in every other way.

Down a goal to Poland but with news of Colombia's 1-0 lead over Senegal giving Japan one foot in the knockout stage thanks to the "fair play" tie-breaker, the Samurai Blue kept possession and ran down the clock to avoid conceding another goal or booking.

With two fewer yellow cards, Japan's tally of minus-four points was two better than Senegal, who may feel aggrieved at being sent home for a reason other than the quality of their football.

England hold no fear for World Cup last 16 opponents Colombia, said the South American side's coach Jose Pekerman, who is relishing the prospect of the "full on, to-the-death" knockout phase of the tournament. "But I can say it's not a comfortable situation for us".

Federation Internationale de Football Association added fair play record as an additional tiebreaker in October 2016.

Then you can factor in the truly dire ending to the Japan - Poland match, where Japan settled for a 1-0 loss with 10 minutes to go. Japan collected four. Both teams amassed four points and a goal aggregate of 4-4.

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"Senegal has not qualified because we don't deserve it".

A teacher, Mrs Rita Oge-Ali, however, said that the problem of African teams at the World Cup went beyond biased officiating.

"Africa has its own unique style of play, which distinguishes us as a people and over the years, although we've not been able to win the World Cup since its inception, we have at least made significant progress as compared to what we are doing now", he said.

The Colombia Federation issued no official statement about the Bayern Munich player's status, but team medical sources said they would not receive the results of an MRI scan until Saturday.

"I definitely think England have what it takes to do well, but it will be a match in which Colombia is going to be confident of playing at a high level and getting a good result", he told reporters.

The elimination of Germany in the first round and several teams failing to shine has left the World Cup wide open. "There is not much difference between the top teams and the others", he added.

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